Papers of a teacher, lawyer, and bureaucrat active in the Progressive Republican movement in the first half of the twentieth century. Kuehl was Wisconsin Governor John J. Blaine's executive secretary and participated in a number of political campaigns in the 1920s, notably the Progressive Republican Al Smith for President Club of which he was secretary. After Blaine's election to the U.S. Senate, Kuehl served as assistant attorney general for the State of Wisconsin, stabilization director for the Banking Department during the early years of the Depression, and secretary to the Committee on Indian Affairs. He was Blaine's legal counsel during the latter's tenure on the board of governors of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C., and remained with the RFC until 1954 when he became attorney and Washington lobbyist for the American Medical Association. He later served as assistant to the director of the Office of Labor-Management and Welfare-Pensions Reports of the Department of Labor.
Upon his retirement in 1964, Kuehl actively participated on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; in the affairs of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C.; and in the planning and completion of the Peter J. Muhlenberg Memorial in Washington.
The papers document Kuehl's professional, political, and civic activities and also include comprehensive personal and family records, memorabilia, letters between Kuehl and Marion Jeannette Sattre before their marriage, and other correspondence with family and friends. Prominent correspondents include John J. Blaine, Charles Crownhart, Jr., Leo Crowley, Ralph Immell, Jesse Jones, Bronson La Follette, Isabel La Follette, Philip La Follette, Rachel La Follette, Robert M. La Follette, Jr., Melvin Laird, Wayne Morse, and Stanley Reed.
The processed portion is summarized above, dates 1896-1981, and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below and contain material relating to Kuehl's work with the Tornado Relief Committee, 1922-1923.